Australian universities are again being recognised for making a difference in the world, as seen in the latest global Impact Rankings from The Times Higher Education (THE).
The annual THE Impact Ranking assesses the social and economic contributions of universities across the world. It uses metrics based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) across four areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.
This year, Australia has 17 Australian universities ranked in the top 100 universities globally for impact against the UN SDGs, supporting solutions for shared global challenges.
At the very top of the rankings is Western Sydney University (WSU), who ranked no. 1 in the world with an overall score of 99.1 out of a possible 100.
WSU earned its ranking for world-leading efforts to tackle environmental and social challenges through research, teaching and local engagement.
Western Sydney University scored particularly high for its impact in the area of clean water and sanitation. The university worked in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to strengthen river basin governance arrangements as well as the local area of Western Sydney through the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.
Making an impact on global issues
Across the top 10 universities listed above, Australia made a particular impact in the following categories:
- Along with WSU, the University of Technology Sydney and University of the Sunshine Coast also made the top five globally for making an impact in the area of clean water and sanitation.
- Australian Catholic University, La Trobe University and James Cook University all ranked among the top 5 universities in the world for contributing to good health and well-being.
- The University of Canberra ranked Number 1 in the world again this year, followed by RMIT University and WSU in third and fourth respectively for reducing inequalities.
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